COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - South Carolina's high court has reversed the death sentence of a man convicted in a teen's 2001 torture and death.
The state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a trial judge should have allowed 34-year-old Steven Barnes to represent himself at trial.
Barnes has been on death row since his 2010 conviction.
Prosecutors said he beat 16-year-old Samuel Sturrup with a pipe after kidnapping him from Augusta in September 2001, then stuffed him in a trunk and drove him to South Carolina.
Authorities say Barnes forced Sturrup into the woods, where he ordered four other people to shoot the teen before Barnes killed him with a shot to the head.
The murder was discovered three months later when a dog found a skull with a bullet hole.